Hi, I'm Gaeleen
WHO I AM
The child of a Scottish father and Tlicho mother, I was born in Edzo, just outside of Yellowknife, and lived there until 1987 when my family relocated here to Yellowknife. I have been a Yellowknifer ever since!
I am a wife to my amazing husband, Chris Lafferty, and a mother to our six-year old source of inspiration, Lachlan. Our eighteen year-old niece, Kelsey, also lives with us, attending school at St Patrick's High School. Completing our family is Gigi, a rescue, and often times escape artist, from the NWT SPCA.
A THRIVING CAREER
I started my career in mining my first summer out of university in 1999, when I worked at Diavik Diamond Mines. Over the course of four summers working at Diavik, I grew a passion for Human Resources and for Mining. After a short time with the Government of the Northwest Territories after graduating from university in 2003, I joined the De Beers Canada team in 2005 and have been in mining ever since, lastly with Dominion Diamond Mines where I started in 2013.
I have been fortunate throughout my career to work for leaders who recognized my ability to take on a broad range of responsibilities and as a result, in addition to Human Resources, throughout my career I have also managed other functions including Administration, Camp & Travel, Training, Communications, Legal & Audit, IT and Community & Government Relations. It was through this broad range of experience that I honed by business skills and was able to take on progressively more senior roles, most recently as the Vice President of Corporate Affairs with Dominion.
I am a go-getter and someone who likes to see action and wants to make necessary change. I take a listen first approach to learning about and addressing concerns and issues. I look forward to using my background, experience and dedication to be the change you want to see.